erly Karen Molineaux
My Program: Masters of Instructional Technology
I completed my History under grad, and Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Eastern Oregon University. I am currently the Instructional Design Technician for the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka, as well as a wife, mom, step-mom, grandma of 5 (almost 6), and licensed Oregon teacher.
During my MAT program, we trained in technology use in the classroom; I instantly fell in love, and knew that I needed to continue studying and learning this area of education. What attracts me the most to Instructional Technology is that I get to translate pedagogical research and best practices into tool kits that are crafted to promote a sense of community for online rural, remote, and Alaska Native students for retention and completion outcomes – all with a constant focus on student success. In my current position at UAS-Sitka, I have been able to do just that as a member of the Student Services Title III Grant Team. This field continues to expose me to a deeper understanding of all departments in the educational arena, especially in higher ed student affairs and the crosswalk between high school and college or career pathways.
I chose FHSU’s MIT program because of 3 major criteria: It is fully online, the tuition is the best in this field of study that I had found, and the institution is all about Google! My instructors set me up for success from day one, and because of this, I was able to enter into the field of instructional design at the higher ed level with skills and confidence that I had always dreamed of. My experience inspired me to continue on, and I am now in FHSU’s Educational Specialist program for Educational Leadership!